A new law has been passed in England and Wales today, which was supported for and campaigned for by Manchester’s Key 103.
The Bauer Media station’s ‘Clare’s Law’ Campaign began in July 2011 when chief reporter Michelle Livesey decided to take-on a Coroner’s comments calling for ‘a change in the law’ to better protect women against Domestic Violence. It followed the murder of Clare Wood, a mother-of-one from Salford who was strangled and set on fire by her ex-boyfriend, who turned out to be a domestic abuse predator with three previous convictions.
Michelle has been working closely with Clare’s family ever since.
Key 103 went to Parliament, the Home Office and finally to Downing Street to hand over a ‘Key 103’ petition which led to the scheme being piloted in four areas, including Greater Manchester.
Michelle said: “This is a fantastic example of how radio plays a vital part in local communities – not just by entertaining but in campaigning for local people and making their stories hit national headlines.
“Bauer Media’s Place Portfolio focuses on relevant and local programming, championing and campaigning for communities in the premier towns and cities across the UK. This is legacy radio – ground-breaking, emotionally engaging and ultimately making a real difference to hundreds of families now and in the future.”